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Experts To Study Fishing Regulations' Effects At NE Ports

The U.S. Commerce Department says it's sending experts to six Northeast ports in April to identify the economic fallout caused by federal fishing rules.

The department announced Wednesday that the teams will conduct two-day assessments in New Bedford and Gloucester, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Seabrook, N.H.; Point Judith, R.I. and Montauk, N.Y.

The teams will meet with locals about the effects of dropping fishing revenues, caused by cuts in catch limits that aim to rebuild fish stocks.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a statement the work to rebuild stocks has a long-term payoff, but he knows some people are struggling now.

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang said he welcomes the visit. But he said it's just a first step for regulators who've lost the trust of fishing communities with unnecessary and ill-advised restrictions.

This program aired on March 30, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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